Last year was our first visit to Hever Castle at Christmas time and I was completely taken in with the traditional feeling they had created, and on our return trip to the press evening last week those same feeling came flooding back the minute we drove into the car park.
The entrance was filed with light covered trees and and as we walked down to the main hub the sky was filled with laser beams that were being projected across the lake.
The whole walk down to the castle was in fact a visual delight with disco balls sparking in archways and pretty lights everywhere we looked.
On of the highlights for me last year was the little area tucked behind the entrance to the toilets….yes it doesn’t sound to glamorous, but it was full of snow covers trees and peopled huddled around an open fire and it got our visit off to the perfect start.
The children didn’t know what to look at or were to go first so we had a few goes on the beautiful carousel and a run through the hall of mirrors to let off some steam!
After this we were all eager to get inside the castle and see how it had been decorated. We were greeted with hot mulled mine, sausage rolls and mince pies which made for an amazing experience but my nerves wear more than a little on edge at the though of sticky fingers and all the beautiful furniture!
We went in and out of every room or which each one was breathtaking. A castle steeped in history and full of Christmas spirit had got to be a pretty amazing sight to see.
Before we knew it it was our turn to go and visit Father Christmas. The boys exciting skipped along the candy caned lined walkway until we reached the grotto and were welcomed by Father Christmas’s friendly elves.
They lead us threw a snow covered pathway until we reached his little house that was tucked away behind the trees.
He greeted the children in such a warm manner and the children’s faces lit up as soon as he started speaking to them…even Izzy’s.
They were each given a lovely gift and we headed out to giant our evening with the ‘Christmas Carol’ trail.
The trail was themed around the Dickens classic and saw us meeting characters from the classic tail along the way. It is an interactive experience that kept us wondering what we were going to come across next!
We left the castle full of Christmas spirit and wanting to visit again before Christmas is out!
*We were asked along to the press evening for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.